Waskasoo Park Upgrade – City of Red Deer

“We’re so lucky to have many beautiful outdoor spaces to choose from in Red Deer and Waskasoo Park is no exception.” – Shayla Fuchs, Red Deer resident.

The City of Red Deer knows its parkland is a rare urban gem and recently decided to contribute nearly $2 million in MSI funding to upgrade a local nature reserve, Waskasoo Park.

“We realized that it would only take a few well-planned projects and upgrades to transform the existing park into a more useable space for the whole community. The MSI funding gave us an excellent opportunity to re-energize and revitalize the park to help make it more family-focused,” said Trevor Poth, Parks Superintendant.

Red Deer residents are eager to take advantage of all the park has to offer. “Our family really enjoys getting out and staying active. We love being able to take our child to a safe playground, enjoy a picnic or an evening walk – and this is all right in our backyard,” said Shayla Fuchs, Red Deer resident.

The park’s enhancements are all about the people. A covered stage in Bower Ponds is being used for concerts and youth theatre productions. A serenity garden has been added, providing a quiet, contemplative place. New flowers and vegetation surround the pond, making it a popular location for wedding photos. In Three-Mile Bend, interpretive signs have been developed to educate nature lovers and walkers about local vegetation and wildlife. Sport enthusiasts benefit, too, from a new dock to launch canoes and kayaks and an enhanced off-season ski jumping facility. 

Project Description

MSI Contribution:

$1.9 million

Total Project Costs:

$2.98 million

See photos of Waskasoo Park’s upgrades on Flickr.

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